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undreds of pages of reports, analyses, studies, minutes of public hearings and citizens’ comments weighed down members of the City Council, staff and many others, including this reporter, at Wednesday night’s meeting to finalize Pleasanton’s new housing plan. It’s been more than year, since October 2010, that Pleasanton officials have been addressing the city’s woefully short share of the region’s housing needs as determined by the state-authorized Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). The squeeze has been on since 1996 when voters overwhelmingly adopted a housing cap limiting the total number of homes and apartments that could ever be built here to 29,000. It was an effort to keep Pleasanton “small.� Although making those who lived here then feel satisfied, that action more than any other is what caused Sacramento and affordable housing advocates to take notice. Complaints by housing groups were heard over the intervening years, but it wasn’t until the city’s housing unit numbers reached 26,000, then 27,000 that fur began to fly. State HCD representatives came to town to see if there was enough available land zoned for residential uses to meet the growing numbers they and ABAG required. A demand for accountability went unanswered for too long. Finally, Urban Habitat, an Oakland-based affordable housing coalition, filed a suit asking the Alameda County Superior Court to invalidate the Pleasanton Housing Cap. Gov. Jerry Brown, then the state’s Attorney General, joined in the suit. After months of litigation, the court declared the cap illegal and ordered the city to meet Urban Habitat’s and the state’s demand for more affordable housing, or it would handle the rezoning itself. The City Council, advised by its outside counsel that Pleasanton probably wouldn’t win on appeal, decided to stop the

costly litigation and move on. It then started the process that culminated Wednesday night with action that Urban Habitat, the state and the court have agreed complies with the court order. Wednesday night’s action by the City Council was pivotal in the city’s political history. Although it rezones 73 acres of properties in various parts of the city for more than 2,200 rental units in high-density apartment complexes, the final numbers when all are built, which could take years, will barely top the sacred 29,000 that voters thought would keep Pleasanton small. Even so, it’s been a long time since our town was really small. With the housing construction surge of the late 1980s and 1990s, the population has grown to a 2010 census count of just under 70,000. Livermore has more than 80,000; Dublin is rapidly catching up. The TriValley is now home to more than a quarter-million people with retail and business centers that rival larger regions across the country. When Stoneridge Shopping Center opened in the 1970s and Hacienda Business Park a few years later, Pleasanton went on the map, perhaps more than many homeowners at that time wanted it to be. BART, the freeways, even the Alameda County Fairgrounds have all added to the attraction of Pleasanton. Along with growth comes a responsibility for meeting state and ABAG requirements to provide adequate and affordable housing for those whose incomes can’t yet meet the median home costs of Pleasanton. These include young families, those new in the workforce and those whose jobs simply don’t pay enough for home ownership. That’s why ABAG studies Bay Area cities under its domain and assesses, with state approval, the numbers Pleasanton now has to meet. Be aware, though, that it’s not over. ABAG is already holding public hearings on how to meet the needs of the Bay Area through 2040 as more housing is needed. Without doubt, Pleasanton will have new number requirements and likely the need for another City Council to establish a new Housing Task Force all over again. N

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The winter months are typically a challenging time for blood collection due to busy holiday schedules and inclement weather. But the need for blood is constant. The American Red Cross invites you to visit its Pleasanton Blood Donation Center. In addition to collecting whole blood, the center has recently expanded to collect double red cells and plateletsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;making it a convenient destination for local blood donors of all types. Every two seconds, someone needs blood. You can do your part to help save a life by donating blood at your local Red Cross. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

Release coordinator I do. I try not to use my phone, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been pulled over for simply checking a missed call or taking an emergency call from my mother. In terms of the general population, I do think that they should be banned.

Brad Kygar Helicopter pilot No. GPS is far too important, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s necessary to be able to reach out or be reached in the event of an emergency.

Lauren Youngsma Student I think you should have to keep it off, and when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re done driving you can look at it. If you see calls or texts coming in, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be too tempted to look at it if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s turned on.

Pleasanton Blood Donation Center 5556-B Springdale Avenue - Near the Stoneridge Mall Donate Whole Blood or Double Red Cells Monday, Friday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Donate Platelets Friday - Monday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Newsfront DIGEST Near record-high temperatures A midweek temperature in Pleasanton of 67 tied the record set in 1958, which was a welcome high compared to the record low of 21 degrees on Jan. 4, 1961. The good news of warm temperatures was clouded by a report Tuesday that California’s mountain snowpack was among the driest on record for Jan. 3, the California Department of Water Resources said. The mountain snow that melts into reservoirs, streams and aquifers in the spring and summer provides approximately one-third of the water for the state’s households, farms and industries. “Fortunately, we have most of winter ahead of us, and our reservoir storage is good,” Department of Water Resources Director Mark Cowin said.

Report: Halt state funding for high-speed rail Peer-review group finds flaws in business plan for controversial system BY GENNADY SHEYNER

California’s quest to build a high-speed rail system between San Francisco and Los Angeles suffered a heavy blow Tuesday when a peer-review committee recommended that state legislators not fund the project until major changes are made to the business plan for the increasingly controversial line. In a scathing report, the California HighSpeed Rail Peer Review Group found that the business plan the California High-Speed Rail Authority unveiled in early November offers inadequate information about funding, fails to answer the critical question of which operating segment will be built first, and features a phased-construction plan that would violate state law. The group, which is chaired by Will Kempton, recommends that the state Legislature not authorize expenditure of bond money for the project until its concerns are met. The rail authority responded to the report by

disputing many of its findings and by claiming that it “suffers from a lack of appreciation of how high-speed rail systems have been constructed throughout the world.” The authority also said in a statement that the peer-review group’s report “makes unrealistic and unsubstantiated assumptions about private sector involvement in such systems and ignores or misconstrues the legal requirements that govern the construction of the high speed rail program in California.” The report deals the latest of several recent setbacks to the project, for which state voters approved a $9.95 billion bond in 2008. Since then, the project’s price tag more than doubled and several agencies, including the Legislative Analyst’s Office and Office of the State Auditor, released critical reports about the project. In its letter to the Legislature, the peer review group highlighted some of the same

Celebrate Year of the Dragon In celebration of Chinese New Year, Gu-Zheng soloist Linda Yu and her students will perform traditional Chinese music and dance at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. The performance will showcase soloists as well as duets and quintets of traditional Chinese music. Also featured will be Dublin High School senior Cathy Yuan, a long-time student of Chinese folk dance. Following the free family program, audience members will taste traditional Chinese New Year foods. No registration is required. For information on all library events, visit www. ci.pleasanton.ca.us/services/library, or call 931-3400, ext. 8. Linda Yu graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China, and has dedicated her life to performing and teaching the Gu-Zheng, an instrument with over 2,000 years of performance history.

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Public meetings under way on how Bay Area should look in 2040

Dr. King’s legacy Pleasanton school district Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi will be the keynote speaker at the Tri-Valley YMCA’s 12th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship Breakfast, “Living the Legacy.” Her topic will be “Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.” The Garage Band Academy will provide entertainment. The breakfast will take place from 7:30-9:30, Monday, Jan. 23, at the Hilton Pleasanton. Cost is $40 per person, $500 to sponsor a 10-seat table. For reservations, call 263-4444 or email kdulka@ymcaeastbay.org.

flaws that local officials and watchdogs have long complained about, most notably a deeply flawed funding plan. The project currently has about $6 billion in committed funding and the rail authority plans to make up much of the balance from federal grants and private investments — investments that would be solicited after the first major segment of the line is constructed. The peer-review group found this plan to be vague and insufficient. “The fact that the Funding Plan fails to identify any long term funding commitments is a fundamental flaw in the program,” the report states. “Without committed funds, a mega-project of this nature could be forced to halt construction for many years before additional funding could be obtained. The benefits of any independent utility proposed by the current Business Plan would be very limited versus the cost and the impact on state finances.”

Alameda County session scheduled for Wednesday in Dublin BY JEB BING

DOLORES FOX CIARDELLI

First 2012 baby born in Pleasanton: Esau Cervantes Esau Cervantes, the first baby born in Pleasanton in 2012, arrived at ValleyCare Medical Center at 1:58 a.m. Jan. 2. He weighed 8 pounds 3 ounces at birth and measured 21 inches. He is the son of Edith Lux and Alberto Savantes of Livermore, who both wanted to thank the staff at ValleyCare for the excellent care they received. The first baby born in the Bay Area in 2012 arrived at the stroke of midnight Jan. 1 at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, a hospital spokeswoman said.

RV show adds electric motorcycles to lineup Pleasanton event opens today at Fairgrounds BY DOLORES FOX CIARDELLI

The 24th annual Manufacturers RV and Sports Show opens today at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, to run through Jan. 16. For the first time this year visitors will be able to test ride or see a demonstration of an electric motorcycle as well as see hundreds of RVs and accessories, new and used, and negotiate directly with dealers. “The attendance and sales at our RV shows over the past years has been consistently growing, and we wanted to branch out and offer something we believe RV enthusiasts will love,” said Mike Nohr, president of GoodTimes Promotions. “Zero Motorcycles are amazing electric motor-

cycles that we’re sure will be a hit at the show.” Although the recession drove the RV industry into a ditch, signs are pointing to the end of the rough road, with total wholesale shipments for last year up 4% over October 2010, according to RV industry analyst Dr. Richard Curtin. “The economy isn’t out of the woods yet, but when it comes to inexpensive vacation options, RVing leads the pack,” said show manager Shawn Nohr. Cost for the show is $12 adults; $10 seniors 65 and older; 16 and under free. On Wednesday, seniors get two-for-one admission. For more information, call 931-1890 or visit www. rvshow.net. N

Two regional planning agencies will hold a public meeting Wednesday in Dublin to seek comments on a blueprint-in-the-making for expanding transportation and housing in a sustainable way over the next 25 years. The Dublin meeting, to be held at 5:45 p.m. in the city’s Civic Center on Dublin Boulevard, will cover planning considerations for all of Alameda County. Sponsored by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), the Dublin meeting is similar to those being held throughout the nine-county Bay Area that the two agencies represent. They are a continuation of the dialogue on “Plan Bay Area” held last year. Planners have prepared several scenarios for what the Bay Area could look like in 2040 and are seeking the public’s help in selecting desired features among the alternative choices and in prioritizing transportation investments. At the meetings, participants will rotate among a series of stations where they will have a chance to view informational videos, vote on potential transportation investments, select preferred strategies for reducing driving and greenhouse gas emissions, and use an “Urban Vision” tool that shows visually how various future development scenarios might appear in their respective counties. Other county meetings will be held throughout the month in Contra Costa, San Francisco, Sonoma, San Mateo, Marin, Santa Clara, Napa and Solano counties. For more information, sign onto www.onebayarea.org/spotlight_12-11.htm. N Pleasanton WeeklyÊUÊJanuary 6, 2012ÊU Page 5


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Miley proud of Pleasantonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s smooth transition into District 4 Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pleased to begin â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;long and fruitful relationshipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with the community BY DOLORES FOX CIARDELLI

Pleasantonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ongoing success.â&#x20AC;? Miley listed some of the 2011 highlights in District 4: â&#x2013;  Seamlessly transitioning Pleasanton and Hillcrest Knolls into District 4 as a result of redistricting; â&#x2013;  Hosting a Safe Medical Disposal Conference in partnership with the Senior Alcohol and Other Drugs Workgroup on Oct. 12; â&#x2013;  Completing many of the Eden Area Livability Initiative working groupsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; goals and creating a progress report to measure success; â&#x2013;  Kicking off major construction projects, including the Ashland Youth Center, Castro Valley Boulevard street improvements, sidewalks in Cherryland, and Lewelling Boulevard street improvements;

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ley segment, the peer report notes, â&#x20AC;&#x153;is not a very high-speed railway (VHSR), as it lacks electrification, a CHSR train control system, and a VHSR compatible communication system. Therefore, it does not appear to meet the requirements of the enabling State legislation.â&#x20AC;? The peer review group also wrote in its letter that the authority should have determined in its business plan whether the first â&#x20AC;&#x153;operating segmentâ&#x20AC;? would go north or south from the Central Valley. Its letter states that â&#x20AC;&#x153;it is hard to seriously consider a multibillion dollar Funding Plan that offers no position on which IOS should be initiated first.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;This indecision may also have consequences in obtaining environmental clearances. We believe that the Funding Plan as proposed should not be approved until the first IOS is selected.â&#x20AC;? The report reserves â&#x20AC;&#x153;final judgmentâ&#x20AC;? on the funding plan because

Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley said in his New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s message to his constituents that transitioning Pleasanton into his District 4 was one of the highlights of 2011. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now that redistricting is complete, I am pleased and excited to begin what I expect to be a long and fruitful relationship with Pleasanton,â&#x20AC;? Miley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From the First Wednesday events, to meetings with City Council members, the City Manager and staff, to a special welcome from the Chamber of Commerce, to numerous one-on-one interactions with community leaders, I have felt the warmth and pride so many of you express for your city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My goal is to be a partner in

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The group also faulted the rail authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business plan for failing to choose the â&#x20AC;&#x153;initial operating segmentâ&#x20AC;? for the rail line. Though the authority has decided to build the first leg of the line in Central Valley, this segment would not be electrified and would serve largely as a corridor for testing the new line. The first â&#x20AC;&#x153;trueâ&#x20AC;? high-speed rail segment would be built later and would stretch either north toward San Jose or south toward San Fernando Valley. Though the peer-review group acknowledged that a phased approach is the only feasible way to build the system, it also found that this plan violates a requirement of Proposition 1A, which mandates that the rail authority identify funding for the first usable segment of the line before construction begins. The Central Val-

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â&#x2013;  Working with independent truckers, labor, Port of Oakland, and air quality regulatory agencies to develop solutions to the impacts to minority truckers due to new air pollution regulations; â&#x2013;  Creating and convening a Blue Ribbon General Assistance Working Group that successfully improved services and resources for GA recipients; â&#x2013;  Breaking ground on the construction of a new $700 million hospital complex at the Highland Campus; â&#x2013;  Passing a resolution calling for the United States government to formally apologize for slavery and for reparations to address disparities impacting African Americans; and â&#x2013;  Lastly, addressing issues, concerns, and needs of more than 1,000 con-

stituents throughout the district. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would like to thank all of you who were involved in any of our many 2011 projects and accomplishments,â&#x20AC;? Miley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Without your support, involvement and dedication, we would not have been able Nate Miley to accomplish our 2011 goals and successfully serve you.â&#x20AC;? Miley and his staff hold office hours every Thursday at the Heritage House at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave.

To schedule an appointment, contact Anna Gee at 510-891-5585. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We also are making ourselves available for community meetings and are getting to know many of the coffee shops in beautiful downtown Pleasanton,â&#x20AC;? Miley said. Visit his District 4 website at www.acgov.org/board/district4 to learn what his office is doing. Click on the E-subscribe button to get automatic updates. His staff members supporting his efforts in Pleasanton are Chiefof-Staff Seth Kaplan (Seth.Kaplan@ acgov.org or 510-891-5588), Policy Aide Eileen Ng (Eileen.Ng@acgov. org or 510-670-5717), and Intern Paul Sanftner (Paul.Sanftner@ acgov.org or 925-803-7959). N

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the rail authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business plan is still in draft form and subject to revisions. But it also makes clear that major changes would have to be made before the project warrants state funding. The letter notes that while legislators could potentially come up with a funding source for the project, without such a source â&#x20AC;&#x153;the project as it is currently planned is not financially â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;feasible.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Therefore, pending review of the final Business Plan and absent a clearer picture of where future funding is going to come from, the Peer Review Group cannot at this time recommend that the Legislature approve the appropriation of bond proceeds for this project,â&#x20AC;? the peer groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s letter concludes. The new report presents a potentially devastating blow to the rail authority, which is banking on getting $2.7 billion in Proposition 1A funds for construction of the Central Valley segment. The agency has also received $3.5 billion in federal grants. The state funds are particularly critical given the lack of private investment and increasing local opposition. The authority had acknowledged that private investment would not start coming in until later phases. Future federal

funding is also deeply uncertain at a time when many Republicans in the House of Representatives are vehemently opposing the project. Roelof van Ark, CEO of the rail authority, said in a statement that the recommendations of the committee â&#x20AC;&#x153;simply do not reflect a real world view of what it takes to bring such projects to fruition.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is unfortunate that the Peer Review Committee has delivered a report to the Legislature that is deeply flawed in its understanding of the Authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program and the experience around the world in successfully developing high speed rail,â&#x20AC;? van Ark said. Rail authority officials also argued that the peer-review groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report could jeopardize federal funding for the project. Thomas Umberg, chair of the authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board of directors, said the board takes seriously â&#x20AC;&#x153;legitimate critiquesâ&#x20AC;? of the rail program, including recommendations that the authority hire more staff. â&#x20AC;&#x153;However, what is most unfortunate about this Report is not its analytical deficiency, but that it would create a cloud over the program that threatens not only federal support but also the confidence of the private sector necessary for them to invest their dollars,â&#x20AC;? Umberg said

in a statement. The authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chief Counsel Thomas Fellenz called the committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s findings about the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inconsistency with Proposition 1A â&#x20AC;&#x153;unfounded assumptions.â&#x20AC;? The groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legal conclusions, he said in a statement, are not only â&#x20AC;&#x153;beyond the expertise of the authors, but attorneys at the state and federal government level and the legislative author of the bond measure, profoundly disagree.â&#x20AC;? The authority also submitted an eight-page letter to state Legislators responding to the peer-review groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s criticisms. The authority disputed in its letter the peer-review groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finding that the â&#x20AC;&#x153;initial construction segmentâ&#x20AC;? in Central Valley would violate Proposition 1A and argued that the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s demand for a long-term funding plan fails to consider how major transportation projects are normally built. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By this measure, none of the unconstrained regional transportation plans of any transportation authority should be pursued,â&#x20AC;? the letter from Umberg states. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No project, in our experience, has fully identified funding sources for the entire project at this stage and it is both unfortunate and inappropriate for the Committee to apply this test only to high speed rail.â&#x20AC;? N


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Pleasanton Sears staying open

Vincent C. Ewing named general counsel of AC Transit

Northern California stores not affected by downsizing BY JEB BING

News that retail giant Sears and Kmart will close 100 to 150 stores started the new year out on a sour note in the Tri-Valley after most retailers reported a bountiful Christmas shopping season. Although the closings apparently won’t affect the Sears store at Stoneridge Shopping Center or the older, somewhat dated store at Sunvalley Shopping Center in Concord, the announcement by Sears Holdings Corp., which owns both Sears and Kmart, sent chills through communities. In Pleasanton, Sears is one of three major anchors at Stoneridge where it owns its building. A list of Sears and Kmarts to be shuttered shows those closings are mostly concentrated in Florida, Michigan, Ohio and Georgia. Three stores in California will be closed as part of the cost-cutting, but those in Northern California, including its aging Oakland store, are being spared for now. So, too, is the San Leandro Kmart. Oakland’s Kmart shuttered during the company’s last reshuffling, and a Kmart in Livermore was closed years ago.

With 12 years of municipal law experience, he is top choice among 40 applicants BY JEB BING

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Although Sears Holdings Corp. will close 100 to 150 Sears and Kmart stores, it will leave open the Sears at Stoneridge Shopping Center, where it owns its building.

Sears Holding announced the closures following a disastrous holiday shopping season. Even as crowds filled Stoneridge during much of December, Sears appeared to be much less busy. But Barbara Farfan, writing in the Retail Industry Newsletter, says that while retailers would have preferred to bask in the glow of their record-breaking Christmas retail sales results a little longer before

getting “yanked back to post-holiday reality” by the Sears Holdings announcement, the Sears- Kmart downsizings were not a surprise. Depending on how fast Sears Holding moves and the financial results realized, the company may actually be positioned for smoother sailing through 2012 and beyond. That would be good news for Stoneridge and Sunvalley shopping centers. N

Veteran public law attorney Vincent C. Ewing has named General Counsel for AC Transit by the agency’s board of directors. As a former Deputy City Attorney for Los Angeles, Assistant City Attorney for Santa Rosa, City Attorney for East Palo Alto and a prosecutor of violent crimes for the city of Los Angeles, Ewing has vast experience in a variety of legal arenas, especially public law. A graduate of Howard University School of Law, Ewing has advised city councils, city administrators, city managers, and elected boards and commissions on issues ranging from government and fiduciary responsibilities to matters of general law concerning land use, due process, the Brown Act, labor, risk management, city charters and other public policies. “In a general counsel, professional competence is most criti-

cal,” AC Transit board president Elsa Ortiz said. “Mix competence with a well-developed moral compass, a highly-valued work ethic, a clear understanding of the meaning of public service, enthusiasm and the stamina of the energizer bunny — and that is Mr. Ewing. He is precisely the person we Vincent were seeking.” C. Ewing Ewing has 12 years of California municipal law experience. In addition, he has a highly successful litigation record and has provided impartial legal analysis and administrative guidance on a variety of ballot measures. He was selected from among Ewing 40 applicants for the position. He lives in Alameda with his wife and three daughters. N

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Goodbye redevelopment agencies The new year may not be a happy one for California’s 400 redevelopment agencies and their supporters with the decision by the State Supreme Court to dissolve them and move the $1.7 billion in revenue that they’ve collected to schools and other public programs where the money belongs. This is sure good news for taxpayers who for too long have seen their funds appropriated by appointed — not elected — local officials who often made decisions without adequate accountability on how to spend the money, whether for more parks, libraries, community centers, waterfront improvements or, in the case of neighboring Livermore, on a monstrous performing arts center of questionable need and with uncertain long-term funding. Pleasanton years ago decided against establishing a redevelopment agency and Dublin never had one. In Pleasanton’s case, the City Council determined that to pay for capital improvements, it would methodically set up a Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) segment in the annual budget, identifying and prioritizing these projects each January, funding the CIP with as much money as tax revenues would allow, and then building the projects. In lean years, such as the one just passed, no capital expenditures were approved as the city froze both public hiring and its employees’ salaries. The Main Street sewers, new parks, Bernal Community Park baseball fields and, most recently, the $10 million Firehouse Arts Center were all financed this way. Each project also was part of a public process that gave everyone a chance to look at the plans and sound off if they had objections. The State Supreme Court ruling, which upholds not only the elimination of redevelopment agencies but also strikes down a law allowing them to continue operating if they shared money with the state, is a win for Gov. Jerry Brown. Brown supported closing redevelopment agencies as a way to get more money to the state. The state will now have more than $1 billion annually in property tax revenue to use on future budgets (mainly for public schools and public safety). Many members of county governments are also applauding the decision, saying it will put more money into public schools. In the past the state, which has a huge deficit, backfilled money school districts lost to redevelopment agencies. For the life of us, we don’t understand why the League of California Cities has opposed disbanding these redevelopment agencies. According to the state Finance Department, public schools will receive in the neighborhood of $l billion in the current fiscal year as a result of the court’s decision, with the remainder of the $1.7 billion to be divided among cities, counties and special districts both this year and in future years. We’ve said before that the redevelopment agencies were fundamentally undemocratic agencies. Writer Randy Shaw, in an article entitled “How Redevelopment Agencies Subvert Democracy,” reported that his research showed that RDAs operated as private fiefdoms outside the general control of elected officials. Once elected officials would approve a redevelopment area, unelected and politically unaccountable officials typically gained control of hundreds of millions of dollars for the next 30 years. If these RDA controllers shared passions for affordable housing beyond what a city may be required to have, financing would be provided for more subsidized and affordable homes. If those in charge of the RDA were persuaded to finance a huge performing arts center, even though similar projects have failed in nearby cities, the RDA made the appropriation. Gov. Brown’s decision to dismantle the agencies and the high court’s ruling in support of that action is a win for all Californians, making it indeed a happy new year for taxpayers. N

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or more than two years, the City Council has wrestled with housing issues not of the current councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s making. Like all types of government, council members jump into a moving stream and take the credit and the culpability for things started before their tenure. In Pleasanton, I am keenly aware that I stand on the shoulders of those community leaders that came before me. This is a beautiful, safe place to live. Our schools are wonderful and we are fortunate to have people who care about our quality of life. The housing issues have always been here but the struggle is with the loss of our hard housing cap. After years of litigation, the court Cheryl Cookdetermined the Kallio cap was in direct conflict with state law, but opened a door that allowed us to negotiate a settlement agreement. It allowed more local control than a court decision would have and it gave us an opportunity to obtain community input and create design guidelines. I have had the pleasure of being co-chair of the Hacienda Transit Oriented Development Task Force and of the Housing Element Task Force. These two task forces were constructed in a very similar manner, including council members, commissioners and the community at large. Staff reports were generated and there was an opportunity at each meeting to receive input from the public. Many advocacy groups submitted

written reports. Sometimes extra meetings were held to accommodate additional input. This information then went through the Housing Commission, the Planning Commission and then the City Council as additional information was received from staff and community members. We are now at the end of this court-mandated timeline. The City Council approved the Hacienda TOD Task Force recommendations last year and we are poised to make a final decision on housing rezoning and the Housing Element this month. Staff, commissioners, the City Council and scores of other members of our community have spent hours working on the final result. Many are afraid of what affordable housing looks like. The statemandated inclusion of a stock of low and very low affordable housing units is causing consternation. Who will live in this new housing? They are new working families, our children home from college and working their first real job, beginning teachers, firefighters, nurses. They are your retail and food service workers. They are working people. They are your neighbors. What is good government? It is what we do in Pleasanton. Your neighbors, maybe you, spent time and energy giving input. You educated yourselves; you offered help and suggestions. Sometimes we came to consensus and sometimes we compromised. Occasionally we disagreed. It was and is transparent government. None of it was easy. These are difficult decisions. It is good government. Remember that your community is only as good as those who are willing to participate. Based on that benchmark, this is a great community. Look around you. Who is responsible for this wonderful community? It is you. It is our neighbors.

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“Goodnight Moon” helped to open up the wonderful world of reading to Claire Williams, she recalls. Now 16, she is working to make sure that every child has a chance to share her love of the written word. Her latest project, “I Am Grateful I Can Read,” collects new books to give to children as a treat when they visit a pediatrician at Axis Community Health. “I’m doing a book drive for children who don’t have books in their homes,” said Claire, who is a junior at Amador Valley High, as she gathered books in early December. “I’m doing this because I think these kids need help and I want to help them.” She reported this week that the drive resulted in 1,600 new books, collected through the Pleasanton Unified School District and the Cross Roads Association Girl Scouts. Both the Axis Development Director Valerie Jonas and the pediatricians were pleased. “Most of the books we collected are for young readers between the ages of 1 and 9 years old,” Claire said. “This program will allow children to have books at home so they can practice reading somewhere other than school.” “We will continue to sort the books over the Christmas break and then deliver the books in batches over the next several months,” she continued. “Axis has a difficult time with storage so we have offered to help store the books over the next year.’’ She plans another book drive in the fall to make sure that the Axis bookshelves are never empty. She expressed thanks for the generous donations from people in the Tri-Valley. An anonymous donor sent in $1,500, which Page 10ÊUÊJanuary 6, 2012ÊUÊPleasanton Weekly

allowed her to purchase specific books. By Dec. 20, she’d reached the 1,000-book goal and the books and donations continued to arrive. Claire has worked at the Pleasanton library for the last five summers, volunteering more than 500 hours; last summer she started a program called “Read to a Teen,” for youngsters in grades 1 to 3 to read to volunteer teenagers to improve their reading skills. It has continued during the school year on Sunday afternoons. “The young readers show up at the library and can read to a teen between 1 and 5 p.m.,” Claire said. “The teen helps the young reader with reading skills and reading comprehension. With all the budget cuts in the schools it has been a great way for young readers to get more reading practice. The teen doesn’t read the story to the child, but instead encourages and engages with the child to help them with their reading comprehension.” “This program is not only a great way to give young readers an opportunity to practice reading, it also helps teens get additional community service hours through the library,” she said. “A win-win for everyone.” “I have learned a lot about children and what motivates them to read,” she added. “I have learned that one very important component to motivating a child to read is access to books. I realized over the summer that a lot of kids don’t have books in their home.” She quoted a government report stating that low-income neighborhoods in the United States only have an average of one ageappropriate book for every 300 children. Claire decided a good place to start distrib-

uting books was the young patients who go to Axis, which provides health care regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. “I am hoping that we can change the course of these young readers’ lives by giving them the opportunity to do what I did and read great books like ‘Good Night Moon’ and ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ at home,” she said. In November Claire set up collection sites at Alisal, Donlon and Fairlands elementary schools, as well as at Hart, Harvest Park and Pleasanton middle schools with a goal of collecting 1,000 books. “I put boxes and signs out. That way people knew when they dropped their kids off at a school that there was a book drive,” she explained. She also got notices put into the school newsletters and on the Harvest Park TV newscast. “I am really amazed and grateful that so many people are willing to help me create these opportunities for children in our community,” Claire said. “Many people ask me why am I doing this, saying, ‘Is this your Girl Scout Gold Award?’ I say no, I completed my Gold Award last year.” For her Gold Award, she organized a huge Christmas party at the Veterans Memorial Building last year for children in need. “I just tell them it is really very simple: I don’t believe we can wait for

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Claire Williams (right) and Axis Development Director Valerie Jonas look over the books collected through Claire’s “I Am Grateful I Can Read” program, which will be given to each child age 1 to 12 who sees a pediatrician at Axis.

a better world. It is up to each of us to go out and create it,” Claire said. Donations may be made for her next book drive to Claire Williams; P.O. BOX 1182; Pleasanton, CA 94566. N


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Nichelle Baviera reads “A Tree is Nice”to her enthralled young audience at the Museum on Main, as part of M.O.M.’s Reading Time, a free monthly program to introduce preschoolers to books and people and cultures in their community.

Museum plans 2012 preschool themes Readings introduce tykes to books, people and places The Museum on Main has announced themes for its 2012 preschool pre-literacy program, M.o.M.’s Reading Time. Now, in its third year, this popular program introduces preschoolers to books and activities about the unique people, places and events in the community. Preschoolers ages 2-5 and their families are invited to meet at the Museum on Main for this free monthly reading program from 10-11 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. Book reading begins at 10 a.m. with theme crafts immediately following.

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2012 M.o.M.’s Reading Time Dates and Themes: Jan. 11: All Aboard Feb. 8: The Day it Rained Hearts March 14: The End of the Rainbow April 11: Art Smart May 9: Please & Thank You June 13: Flag Day July 11: We All Scream for Ice Cream Aug. 8: It’s A Circus Sept. 12: Fiesta Oct. 10: Creepy Critters Nov. 14: Thank You, Veterans Dec. 12: Light Up the Seasons

EARLY ELVIS PRESLEY TRIBUTE Jim Anderson will perform early hits from Elvis Presley such as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Hound Dog,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Jailhouse Rock” and more at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. Tickets are $15, $20 and $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $12 for children. Call 931-4848 or visit www.firehousearts.org. ED KINNEY LECTURE SERIES “An Evening with John Sutter” will kick off the 2012 Museum on Main Ed Kinney Lecture Series, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 10, at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. John Sutter was a California man both revered and ruined by the discovery of gold at his mill. The new “An Evening

PLEASANTONIANS 4 PEACE This group will host a candlelight Vigil at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 11, in front of the Museum on Main, 603 Main St. The group will reflect on the human and monetary costs of the war, honor our veterans who have sacrificed, and visualize ways of moving beyond this conflict to a more peaceful world. Additionally, there will be a Peaceful War Protest from 5-6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the corners of First and Neal streets. For information, contact Cathe Norman at 462-7495; Matt Sullivan at mjs7882@gmail.com; or kdowding@pacbell.net, or visit www.Pleasantonians4Peace.org. JUDY RICE WATERCOLOR LANDSCAPES Judy Rice will show her watercolor landscapes at Garre Winery from Jan. 3-Feb. 9, at the winery, 7986 Tesla Road, Livermore. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Monday-Friday; and 11:30 a.m.3 p.m., Saturday-Sunday.

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Weekly hikes to the top: Emma and Sam Buck packed the Weekly to climb Mount Vesuvius, near Naples, Italy, in July.

Don’t forget Paris: Dan, Andrew, Robbie and Janeen Brumm visit the Eiffel Tower while on their two-week European vacation last summer, traveling to London, Paris and Rome.

Sand, sun and the Weekly: Isabel McElroy, Sean Sanders, Alejandra McElroy and Kate Sanders of Pleasanton enjoy Lake Tahoe with the Weekly.

Rossis remember the Weekly: Rossi sisters JC, Sue, Geneva and Michaele cruise to Ensenada with the Pleasanton Weekly to celebrate sixth annual sister’s trip.

Off to the races: R.T. Green of Pleasanton finished fourth last summer in his 2009 Corvette Z06 in the Sandhills Open Road Challenge in Arnold, Neb., a challenging 52-mile open road race.

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BARBECUE Red Smoke Grill 4501 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, 734-0307. Home of the Tri Tip and Blue, Red Smoke Grill was Voted Readerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice Best 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011. Dine in or take out rotisserie chicken, ribs, prawns, salads and tri tip, or pulled pork sandwiches. Relax with a beer or a bottle of wine. Visit www. redsmokegrill.com. BREWPUB/ALEHOUSE The Hop Yard American Alehouse and Grill 3015H Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, 426-9600. Voted Best Watering Hole in Pleasanton, The Hop Yard offers 30 craft beers on tap as well as great food. The full-service menu includes appetizers, salads and grilled fare that will bring you back time and again. Banquet facilities available. On the web at www.hopyard.com. 470 Market Place, San Ramon, 277-9600. Featuring a giant 8-foot projection screen for major sporting events, they also feature 30 beers on tap and a great grill. Go in for the beer, go back for the food. More at www.hopyard.com.

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GUJARATI KITCHEN (INDIAN) COOKBOOK LAUNCH Meet the Bhanu Hajratwala, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gujarati Kitchen,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m., Jan. 15, at 847 East Angela St. The book has treasured family recipes starting from basic spices. This event is free, but reservations are required; call 846-3521.

Classes

CONVERSATIONAL GERMAN FOR ADVANCED STUDENTS Livermore Adult Community Education is offering German classes from 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays, from Jan. 11 to March 14. This is an on-going class, but each session has a new theme and new students are welcome. Effective communication is fostered through sources such as online news, short videos, music, magazine articles and literature. Cost is $140. Call 606-4722 or go to www.livermoreadulted.org. (. CONVERSATIONAL GERMAN FOR INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS Livermore Adult Community Education is offering Conversational German for Intermediate Students from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays from Jan. 10 to March 13. New students are welcome. Cost is $140 for 10 sessions. Call 606-4722 or go to www.livermoreadulted.org. FRUIT TREE PRUNING Learn the best pruning techniques to maximize your fruit harvest. Care, feeding and pest control will also be covered. The free class is from 10-11:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 7, and at 1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 8, at Western Garden Nursery, 2756 Vineyard Ave. No registration is necessary. Call 462-1760 or visit www.WesternGardenNursery.com. GO WILD, GO BIRDING! Come bird watching at the Alviso Adobe Community Park and learn some birding basics from 1-2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 15, at the park, 3465 Old Foothill Road. Make your own bird book and bird house and discover the fun sport of birding! Cost is $3 for residents; $5 for non-residents. Pre-registration is required; call 931-3479. HIDDEN WORLDS Travel into little seen worlds; the macroscopic and microscopic universes where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be in for some big surprises, from 11 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Jan. 21, at Alviso Adobe Community Park, 3465 Old Foothill Road. Cost is $3 for residents; $5 for non-residents. Pre-registration is required; call 931-3479. PIGMENT-MAKING AND CAVEPAINTING Learn to make pigments from some of the materials nature provides from 11 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Jan. 14, at Alviso Adobe Community Park, 3465 Old Foothill Road. Use the pigments to make cave paintings like those who lived on this land before us. Cost is $5 for residents; $7 for non-residents. Pre-registration is required; call 931-3479. ROSE PRUNING Learn the basics of pruning bush, tree and climbing roses. Care, feeding and pest control will also be covered. This is a free class taught by Lita Gates of Western Garden Nursery. The class

is from 10-11:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, and 1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 15, at the nursery, 2756 Vineyard Ave. Call 462-1760 or visit www. WesternGardenNursery.com.

Clubs

DBE (DAUGHTERS OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE) Welcome to ladies of British or British Commonwealth Heritage. DBE holds monthly meetings at 11 a.m. on the third Thursday at Castlewood Country Club. Members focus on philanthropy, enjoy social interaction and form long-lasting friendships while contributing to local charities and supporting retirement homes in the USA. Call Edith at 998-3500. JOE TUMAN CBS SPEAKER TriValley Democratic Club monthly meeting will host Joe Tuman, Political Analyst at CBS, Chair of Communication Studies at SF State and author, to speak about politics and communications. Free meeting will take place 7-9 p.m., Monday, Jan. 16, at IBEW 595 Hall, 6250 Village Parkway in Dublin. Call 451-4303 or visit www.trivalleydems.com. Refreshments. Public invited. Dublin. LIVERMORE AMADOR VALLEY GARDEN CLUB The Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12, Alisal Elementaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s multipurpose room, 1454 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton. Contra Costa master gardener Janet Miller will speak on non-toxic rodent control. Visitors are welcome. Call Bev at 485-7812 or visit www.lavgc.org. RING IN 2012 WITH YOUR GNON SISTERS! Celebrate 2012 at a special GNON â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Yearsâ&#x20AC;? event hosted by Comerica Bank from 5:30-8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12, at the bank, 600 Main St. Enjoy great food, drinks and networking. Cost is $10 for members; $15 for nonmembers. Reservations are due by Jan. 10 to gnoners@gmail.com. TRI-VALLEY CARES Tri-Valley Communities Against a Radioactive Environment (Tri-Valley CAREs) is holding its next monthly meeting at the Livermore Civic Center Library from 7:30-9 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19. The organization was founded in 1983 by concerned neighbors of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, one of two locations where all US nuclear weapons are designed. Tri-Valley CAREs monitors nuclear weapons and environmental clean-up activities throughout the U.S., with a special focus on Livermore Lab and the surrounding communities; its overarching mission is to promote peace, justice and a healthy environment. Call 443-7148 or visit http://www.trivalleycares.org/.

Concerts

DAVID LANZ Firehouse Arts Center will host the return of Grammynominated composer David Lanz at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, at the center, 4444 Railroad Ave. Tickets are $18, $20 and $22 for adults; $22 for seniors; and $12 for children. Call 931-4848 or visit www. davidlanz.com or www.firehousearts.org.


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EVERYTHING POETRY Poet Laureate, Cynthia Bryant, will host “Everything Poetry” in two parts with “Second Saturday Soup” from 10 a.m.-noon, on the second Saturday of every month, at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave.; and “Third Tuesday Trope” from 7-9 p.m., on the third Tuesday of every month, at Towne Center Books, 555 Main St. E-mail Cynthia at pleasantonpoetry@ ci.pleasanton.ca.us. FARMERS MARKET Visit the Pleasanton Farmers Market from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday, on East Angela Street between Main and First streets. The Farmers Market is open every Saturday, year-round, rain or shine, to provide the season’s freshest fruits and vegetables, sold by the very farmers that planted, nurtured and harvested the crop. FREE HEALTH SEMINARS Did you know that mood, anxiety and attention issues can be caused by underlying health issues? Lynne Mielke, M.D., will discuss these issues at Optimal Health Spectrums, 4463 Stoneridge Drive Suite A from 3-6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14: 3-3:30 p.m., Achieving Mental Health; 4-4:30 p.m., The Amazing HCG Diet; 5-5:30 p.m., The Miracle of Bioidentical Hormones. Seminars are free. Call 846-8000. HAPPY HOUR WITH WIDOWED MEN AND WOMEN The Widowed Men and Women of Northern California would like you to join us for Happy Hour in Pleasanton from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Sheraton Hotel across from Penney’s in Stoneridge Shopping Center. RSVP to Kathy at 398-8005 by Tuesday, Jan. 17. Your choice of food and/ or beverage JULIETTE GOODRICH AAUW SPEAKER Emmy Award winning TV news anchor and reporter Juliette Goodrich will speak to the Livermore-Pleasanton-Dublin branch of the American Association of University Women from 9:3011:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 21. The meeting, at Lynnewood Methodist Church, 4444 Black Ave., Pleasanton, is free and open to the public. Juliette has also written two children’s books. Call Vicki-Dawn at 484-3321. WIDOWED MEN AND WOMEN The Widowed Men and Women of Northern California would like you to join us at the Brass Door Restaurant, 2154 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon, for a General Meeting and Birthday Luncheon on Sunday, Jan. 15. RSVP to Marsha at 830-8483 by Saturday, Jan. 7. Cost is your menu choice. WIDOWED MEN AND WOMEN LUNCH The Widowed Men and Women of Northern California would like you to join them for lunch at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Red Robin Restaurant, 4803 Rosewood Dr., Pleasanton. RSVP to Janet by Jan. 16 at 4433317. Cost is your menu choice. WINTER SKIES Come out and view the stars above when the sky really

puts on a great show! Enjoy games and hands-on activities that will aide in the search for answers from 7:309 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21, at Alviso Adobe Community Park, 3465 Old Foothill Road. Dress with the weather in mind. Cost is $5 for residents; $7 for non-residents. Pre-registration is required; call 931-3479.

Exhibits

‘ELOQUENCE IN PRINTMAKING’ Blue Bay Press is presenting “Eloquence in Printmaking” from Jan. 19 to Feb. 18 at the Harrington Gallery in the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., with an Artists’ Reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 19. Exhibit includes several styles of printmaking such as etching, monotype, chine colle, and woodblock, on handmade paper, canvas, and other surfaces. For more information, visit www.firehousearts.org.

Film

PRAIRIE GIANT: THE TOMMY DOUGLAS STORY This film is a dramatization based on the man voted the “Greatest Canadian Ever,” the Rev. Tommy Douglas. It is the inspiring story of the founding and creation of most of the freedoms that Canadians now enjoy. Meet and greet potluck begins at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, while a short discussion follows the film, which begins at 7 p.m. Free but $3 donation is appreciated. Venue is IBEW Hall, 6250 Village Parkway, Dublin. For more information, call 462-3459.

Fundraisers

RAGIN CAJUN - DINNER AND DANCE Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation will host its fourth annual “Ragin Cajun” event from 6:30-11 p.m., Friday, March 2, at the Palm Event Center, 1184 Vineyard Ave. The Mardi Gras themed dinner, dance, silent and live auction sold out last year. Tickets are $85. Call (866) 8627270 or visit www.healingtherapiesfoundation.org. SLEEP TRAIN’S PAJAMA DRIVE FOR FOSTER KIDS Help make sure California’s 60,000 foster kids sleep tight tonight by donating new pajamas to Sleep Train’s annual Pajama Drive for Foster Kids from Jan. 2-Feb. 16. Drop off donations of new pajamas in all sizes at 6050 Johnson Dr., Suite C. Call 469-1284. WORK OUT FOR CANCER VICTIMS Tri Valley Trainer will host an Open House benefit from noon-5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7, at Tri Valley Trainer, 3724 E. Stanley Blvd. Cost is $25. Proceeds benefit the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation. Attend any or all of our group exercise classes, including yoga, boxing, zumba, cardio/ strength/pilates). Call 413-2268 or visit http://trivalleytrainer.com.

Health

DEVIL MOUNTAIN OCD SUPPORT AND INFORMATION Beginning after the first of the year, this group will meet monthly for parents and adults who have or have a family member dealing with OCD from 7-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19.

Discussion will center on proper diagnosis, finding help and the use of CBT, ERP and medications. Similar issues such as BDD, skin picking, will be discussed. For information, call 648-4800 or visit www. behaviorquest.com.

Lectures/ Workshops

‘SAVE MY HOME’ WORKSHOP Solance Realty Group is hosting a free workshop at 5994 W. Las Positas Blvd. to help homeowners in the process of/or facing foreclosure review options available. The workshop is a nationally recognized program provided by a nonprofit HUD certified agency. Registration is required to attend this event, which is from 1-3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7. Email info@solanceteam. com or call Christine at 322-4300. PHILISOPHERS’ CAFE Philosphers’ Café, an informal gathering to discuss ideas, will hold its January meeting from 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 8, at Cafe Rumi, 4799 Heyer in Castro Valley. The topic is “Is Human Nature basically competitive or cooperative?” Event is sponsored by Tri-Valley Cultural Jews. Cost is $5. Call 240-5612 or visit www.tri-valleyculturaljews.org.

On Stage

‘ANNIE’ Nonprofit Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre is presenting “Annie” from Jan. 21-Feb. 5 at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $27.50$37.50; visit www.livermoreperformingarts.org or call 373-6800. ‘THE LAST FIVE YEARS’ Pacific Coast Repertory is presenting “The Last Five Years” at 8 p.m. Jan. 20, 21, 27, 28; and at 2 p.m. Jan. 22 and 29, at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. in Pleasanton. It is the story of the five-year relationship of rising novelist Jamie Wellerstein and struggling actress Cathy Hyatt, told from their two perspectives. Tickets are $18-$33. Visit www.firehousearts. org or call 931-4848.

Political Notes

TRI-VALLEY REPUBLICAN WOMEN FEDERATED This club will meet for dinner at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12, at Cattlemen’s, 2882 Kitty Hawk Road, Livermore. Guest speaker will be Roseanne from the Northern Division of Republican Women Federated. Cost is $26 for members; $30 for non-members. E-mail coupclan1962@pacbell.net.

Seniors

LIVING WITH VISION LOSS Have you or a loved one experienced vision loss? A free overview of blind rehabilitation services will be presented from 10:30-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd. Topics presented will include causes of vision loss, ways to handle and adjust psycho-socially to vision loss, sensory awareness, exams and devices, along with rights and resources. Call Amy at 931-5365.

Sports

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Holiday Fund 2011 donors Since the launch of the 2011 Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund, 434 donors have contributed $141,517.40 to the fund, which includes $50,000 that was matched by the Tri-Valley Community Foundation. 63 anonymous donors have given $11,275 of that total. With a deadline of January 13, the donation form is available online at pleasantonweekly.com/holiday_ fund/ Individuals Mr. & Mrs. William Adams ............ 100 Jonathan & Janet Allen ..................... ** Ron & Kathy Anderson .................. 350 Steve & Cris Annen ........................ 100 Mark & Amy Arola ......................... 250 Lou & Susan Astbury ..................... 100 Andrew Bailey & Lauren Purcell .... 1000 Bryan & Kim Baptist ...................... 250 Phil & Kate Barker ......................... 100 Rick & Dawn Barraza ..................... 200 Phoebe Bell ................................... 250 Chris & Glenda Beratlis .................. 500 The Bernardi Family ....................... 200 Robert & Paula Bielby .................... 100 Jan & Jeb Bing ............................... 200 Doug & Beverly Boff ........................ ** Ron & Teresa Borchard ............. 260.40 Bob & Beth Borchers ....................... ** Bert & Dee Brook .......................... 200 Ryan Brown & Julie Harryman .......... 75 Rod, Christina, Alyssa & Danielle Browning ................................... 100 Dean Buchenauer .......................... 100 Jamie & Luann Buna ........................ ** Tim & Teri Bush............................... ** Jack & Shirley Butler......................... ** The Caldwell Family......................... 20 Frank & Muriel Capilla ..................... ** Mrs. Terry Messick-Cass & Mr. Barry Cass .......................................... 100 Miguel & Julie Castillo...................... ** Mr. & Mrs. R. Chagnon ................... ** Mike & Diana Champlin ................ 500 Herbert & Stella Chang .................... ** Teddy & Bunny Chang ................... 100 S. Chase .......................................... ** Mrs. Merlyn Chesnut ....................... ** Mr. & Mrs. Vincent Ciccarello .......... ** John & Gretchen Clatworthy ............ ** The Clawges Family ....................... 100 Pauline Coe ..................................... ** The Coffee Guys at Vic’s ................ 160 Alan & Carol Cohen....................... 500 Chris & Linda Coleman .................. 500 Joe & Sue Compton ....................... 200 Cheryl Cook-Kallio & John Kallio .... 100 The Craig Family ........................... 250 Rick Crawford & Ronda Hruby ....... 100 Mr. Dave Cryer ................................ ** Isabel Curry..................................... ** Steven & Merry Dalcino ................. 100 Barbara Daniels............................... ** The Darrin Family .......................... 100 Mr. & Mrs. Randall & Elizabeth Davidson ................................... 250 Rick & Susie Decker ....................... 100 Richard & Judith Del Tredici ............. ** Page 16ÊUÊJanuary 6, 2012ÊUÊPleasanton Weekly

Alice Desrosiers ............................. 100 Sean, Joy, Bryn & Paige Doyle........... 75 Michael & Suzanne Dutra .............. 100 The Eberle Family .......................... 100 Paul & Lorraine Ebright.................. 100 Jack & Donna Edwards .................. 100 Bob & Marianne Eisberg .................. ** Steve & Linda Ethier......................... ** The Falls Family ............................... ** Kay Fogarty ..................................... ** Bill & Maggie Foley .......................... ** Michael, Ana & Nicole Fong........... 250 Mike & Ilene Forman ..................... 200 Sue & Tom Fox ................................ ** Richard & Gloria Fredette ................ ** Friends of Joan .............................. 100 Dave & Roz Gamble......................... ** Mr. & Mrs. Frank Geasa ................. 200 Andrew & Xiaopei Gelb .................... ** Dennis & Sylvia Glafkides ................. ** Mr. & Mrs. John Glavin .................... ** Roy & D’Aun Goble ....................... 100 Frank & Connie Gouveia .................. ** Michael & Deborah Grossman ......... ** Ms. Carol Guarnaccia .................... 100 Hank & Corrine Hansen ................. 150 Roger & Brenda Harris ..................... ** Bob & Betsy Harris ........................ 400 Mr. & Mrs. W. L. Haynes ................. ** Tim & Sharyn Henshaw ................... ** Mike Herman .................................. ** Ms. Jourdin Hermann ...................... ** Mrs. Janice Hermann ....................... ** Ed & Holly Heuer............................. ** Paul & Ann Hill ............................... ** Retired PUSD School Secretaries “Lunch Bunch”............................. ** Bill & Fran Hirst .............................. ** Garrett & Angela Holmes ................. 50 Ron Horton & Cathy Medich ......... 100 Fred & Joan Hottinger...................... ** Kay & Charles Huff .......................... ** Mr. & Mrs. D. Ronald Hyde ............. ** Raymond James ............................ 200 Kelly & Gail James............................ 25 Bobby Jensen ................................ 250 Rudy & Marge Johnson .................. 100 Gene & Linda Johnson ................... 100 Hayden Jolley & Audriana Templeman ................................ 147 Don & Jean Kallenberg ..................... ** Kem & Renee Kantor ....................... ** Dick & Peggy Karn ........................... ** Craig & Judy Kelso ......................... 100 Jim & Elaine Keysor ........................ 300 Betty Kirvan .................................. 100 Jim & Pat Kohnen .......................... 100 Mr. & Mrs. David Kratky .................. ** Brad & Jessica LaLuzerne................ 500 Gary & Mary Lazarotti ..................... ** Mr. & Mrs. Blaise Lofland .............. 100 Cameron & Jill Lorentz ..................... ** Lloyd & Kathie Lortz ........................ ** John & Lisa Loundagin ..................... 50 Mr. Walt Lupeika CPA ................... 100 Thirza Lysakowski .......................... 100 Lynn MacFarland............................. ** Earl & Dorothy Maddox ................... ** Shareef & Renee Mahdavi ................ ** Mr. & Mrs. Albert Malatesta .......... 100 Karen J. Mannering .......................... ** The Markel Ohana ........................ 500

Ken & Carla Marschall ................... 100 SSgt John H. Marshall ................... 100 Doug & Raeia Marshall .................. 100 Mrs. Violet Masini ........................... 50 Ken & Barbara McDonald ................ ** Miyoshi & Briana McGee ................. 50 Nancy McGhee & Clayton Newman 150 Joseph, Christine & Mia McGovern ... ** Steve & Kathy McNichols ............... 500 Greg & Peg Meagher ........................ ** Mr. & Mrs. Meisnner ....................... ** Mr. & Mrs. Howard Mendenhall ...... ** Todd & Mindy Miller ..................... 250 Rodger, Laura & Stehanie Miller ....... 50 John & Nancy Moffat....................... ** Sharron Morrison ............................ 25 Jeff & Kathy Narum ....................... 100 Tim & Robin Neal.......................... 100 Steve & Kaaren Northup ................ 250 Mr. & Mrs. Joseph O’Brien ............... ** Mr. & Mrs. John O’Neill ................... ** Dr. Iqbal Omarali & Dr. Tasneem Bader-Omarali ............................. ** Norm & Joyce Pacheco .................... ** Bruce & Debra Parelskin ................ 100 Bill & Peggy Paris ............................. ** Amy Pauly ....................................... ** Jennifer & Brian Pearce .................... ** Nancy Pennell ................................. ** James Brice & Carole Peterson ......... ** Bob & Orley Philcox ....................... 500 John & Sharon Piekarski ................. 100 John & Roxanne Plotts ..................... ** Andy & Valerie Poryes ...................... ** Kevin & Cindy Powers ...................... ** Felice Price .................................... 100 Manoj & Saroj Punamia................... ** Alan & Jean Purves........................... ** Marc & Becky Randall.................... 250 Thomas Rasmus .............................. 25 Don & Ann Rathjen ......................... ** Mike & Lori Rice .............................. ** The Richwood Family .................... 100 The Ristow Family ........................... ** Ms. Rita Rollar .............................. 100 Jeff & Linda Roy ............................ 200 Robert & Kathleen Russman ............ ** Mr. & Mrs. Bill Ruvalcaba .............. 300 Kevin & Sandra Ryan ..................... 100 Douglas & Mary Safreno .................. ** Swati & Manoj Samel ...................... ** Ron & Marlene Sanberg ................... ** John & Sheila Sanches...................... ** The Sborov Family ........................... ** Tim & Belinda Schultz.................... 100 Chris & Cecile Seams ....................... ** Howard & Emilie Seebach .............. 100 The Seoni family .............................. ** John & Barbara Severini ................. 250 Sonal & Ajay Shah ........................... ** Mr. & Mrs. Shaw ........................... 100 Larry & Carol Shaw.......................... ** Sheng & Tien Shen......................... 100 Charles & Mary Shoemaker ............ 500 John Shurtleff ................................ 100 Mr. & Mrs. Joe Silva ......................... ** Robert Silva .................................. 100 Mr. & Mrs. Richard Simon ............... ** Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Spangler ........... 100 Mrs. Linda Spiegel ........................... ** Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Stack .................. ** Mike & Kerry Jo Stephan ................ 100

Mr. & Mrs. Duane & Donna Stevens . ** Mr. & Mrs. John & Kay Stewart ........ ** Ms. Nancy Storch ............................ ** George & Hilary Strain ..................... ** Mr. & Mrs. Harold Swanson ............ ** Ms. Deborah Sweeley ...................... ** Robert & Carole Sygiel ................... 100 Chida, Priya & Rishab .................... 100 Jerry & Sandi Thorne ........................ ** The Thorson Family ......................... ** Ms. Deborah Tomlin ....................... ** Jim & Debbie Tracy .......................... ** Daniel & Karen Tracy ..................... 500 Mr. & Mrs. Jerry & Toni Ulrich .......... ** Mike & Christie Underwood ........... 100 Mr. & Mrs. M. Van Dreser ................ ** Mr. & Mrs. Carlo Vecchiarelli ......... 100 The Verkuilen Family ...................... 100 Phillip & Kathi Vermont ................... ** Peter & Michelle Weeks .................... ** Barry & Ann Weiss ......................... 100 Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Wenig ................ 100 Mr. Bob Williams .......................... 500 Kristen Winslow .............................. ** Robert & Joyce Wong .................. 1600 Alex & Kit Wong .............................. ** Bill Woodruff ................................ 100 Randy & Emily Yim ........................ 100 David & Mary Young........................ ** Mr. Richard Yue............................. 100 Businesses & Organizations 7 Springs Properties....................... 300 Advanced Security Engineering ....... 200 Businesses located in Civic Center Station......................................... ** California Self - Defense Consultants ** Chamberlin Associates..................... ** DeBernardi Development Construction & Remodeling .............................. ** Destinations Unlimited Travel Agency ** Dublin Tool & Manufacturing ........ 100 G.A.B. Investigations ..................... 100 Hacienda Bunco Group ................... 75 High Tech Connect ...................... 1000 Karen Morliengo, MFT..................... 75 Law Office of Christopher Schlies... 250 Life Science Writing Services............. ** Livermore - Amador Valley Legal Prof. Assn. ......................................... 100 Mariposa Leadership, Inc. ................ 50 Mission Pipe Cigar Shop .................. 75 P-Town Push Rods (Pleasanton Car Club) ....................................... 1000 Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors ..................... 100 Pleasanton Fairways Ladies Golf Club .......................................... 150 Pleasanton Pet Sitting ...................... 75 Ponderosa Homes ........................... ** Randick, O’Dea & Tooliatos, Attorneys at Law ......................................... ** Scott - Anderson Associates ........... 250 Sue Evans Photography ................. 100 The Bookies .................................. 110 The Pleasanton - Livermore Junior Women’s Club ........................... 300 The Tuesday Bridge Ladies ............. 135 Tim McGuire Team - Alain Pinel Realtors ..................................... 500 Time 4 Order - Professional Organizing ................................. 100 Uncle Credit Union ........................ 250


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In Honor of Valley Care Lactation Services from the Manthas ................................................... ** Frank Louwaert from Jeff & Debi Zentner ...... ** Our “5” Grands from Richard & Gwen Spicka....................................................... ** Ace & Esher Simone from Melvin & Barbara Wilmore.................................................. 100 Ed Kinney Community Patriots from Accusplit Activity Wellness Team ............................ 200 Valley Humane Society from Phillip & Kathi Vermont.................................................... ** Katy, Kamy, Krissy & Landon from Wes & Jean Felton ..................................................... 250 Jana Grant from Steve & Jori Grant ............. 100 My Grandchildren from Doris Slater.............. 25 James C. & Holly P. Oswalt from Walter & Beverly Oswalt........................................... 50 COP/ASD & CMO from Julie Yuan-Miu ..... 1200 Daggett Children & Grandchildren from Tom & Barbara Daggett........................................ ** In Memory of Betty Patrick from Charles & Joan Brown ....... ** Our Mom Lora from Lada & Dmitriy Kosarikov .................................................. ** Mike, Matt & Diane from Jerry & Josine Pentin ..................................................... 100 Janet Reichlin from Mike, Lori & Michael Reichlin................................................... 500 Mary L. Erickson from Al Copher .................. 50 Dave Hare .................................................. 250 Eva, Adeline, Roy & Archie .......................... 100 Doris T. Walberg from Todd & Brenda Walberg .................................................. 100 Mom - Mae Yip from Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Oh ....... ** Lillian Cassani from Mike & Kris Harnett ..... 100 Allan Hillman, Randy & Margie Warner & David & Marian Hillman from Sharon Hillman... 150 John A. Mavridis ........................................... ** Gam & Papa Abbott from The Casey Family .. ** Karl K. Witze .............................................. 500 Jameson Lindskog, Specialist U.S. Army from Chris & Marty Miller ................................ 100 Brian Martin Love Kathy & Tricia................... ** Tony and Jennie Paradiso from Dorene Paradiso-Carroll ........................................ ** Roselle Grimes, Verna Plummer & Evelyn Schrick from The Grimes Family ............................ ** Kenneth & Althea McGill from Marsha & RJ Grimes ...................................................... ** Mary May from Michael M. May................. 300 Joe & Doris Antonini from John & Carolyn Cardinalli ................................................ 500 Judy Perko from Bob Perko ......................... 100 Dad - Shigeru Yamamoto from Bruce & Cindy Yamamoto ................................................ ** Robert Kilpatrick from Dorothy Kilpatrick ..... ** Grandpa John Morley & Nonno Richard Prima from Frank & Marie Morley........................ ** Tony Prima from Teresa & Dan Morley .......... ** Rob Meierding from Suzanne Meierding ...... 200 Robert D. Williams from Mavis E. Williams . 100 Jo Chapple ................................................. 100 Our Moms from Bob & Sandy Holmes .......... ** Jack Emmons from Margery Connor ............. 99 Don Foreman from Marilyn Foreman .......... 100 Jim Brennan, Wayne Emmett and Don Emmett from George & Jeanne Emmett................... ** Pearl St. Pierre from John & Julie Finegan..... 300 Roger Dabney, Hank Gomez, Ed Kinney, Gene O’Brien, George Spilotolous & Dee Wilson from Ken Mercer ..................................... 300 Juanita Haugen & Mary Ann Butler from The Bob Group................................................ ** Our Fallen Military Heroes from The Gualandri Family ..................................................... 150 Nicholas Daniel Lesser from Bruce & Kathleen Lesser ....................................................... **

John A. Silva from Manuel & Catherine Silva .. ** Norm Bottorff from Dory Bottorff .............. 100 Dick Waldron from Virginia Waldron ............ ** Diane Burgard from Bill & Carolyn Lincoln .... ** Sarah Anne Lees from Donald & Judy Person . ** Bill Haraughty from Anita Haraughty ............ 25 Howard Hill from Sally Hill ......................... 100 Carol Bedell from Lonnie & Aelene Chase ...... ** Michael & June Carboni from Richard & Nancy Shockley ................................................. 100 Charles J. Sebahar Jr. & Charles J. Sebahar Sr. from Karen L. Sebahar............................. 100 Bill & Alice Marsh from Bill & Audrey Sears ... ** Helene Castro .............................................. ** Keith Mountford .......................................... ** Burt Sperbek ................................................ ** Gene Strom, Keith Strom, William Kolb & Donna Kolb-Miller from Carol Kolb-Strom400 Kathy Capitini from John Capitani .............. 500 Ernie Bridges from The Bridges Family ........... ** Ron Silva from Nancy Silva ........................... ** Sally Jorgenson from Terry & Judy Scavone .... ** Jim Dahl from Terry & Judy Scavone .............. ** Jim Carlson from Lee & Clare Carlson............ ** Dan Gabor from Ann Gabor ....................... 150 Our Parents from Wayne & Anne Emery ........ ** Marilyn Bowe from James Bowe .................... ** My Brothers from Ardis Messinger ................ ** Hank Gomez from Dorothy, Frank & Debra Gomez .................................................... 150 Dody Guasco from The Swain Family .......... 250 Richard Brierly from Stepanie Brierly England ..100 Rick Aguiar from Nancy Aguiar Fargis ........... ** Harold & Michael Consedine ...................... 100 Donald D. Reid from George & Susan Reid.. 100 Michael Gable from The Michelotti Family .. 100 Richard Marshall from Sandra Holliday....... 100 Lola Palladino from Mr. & Mrs. R. Barsanti . 100 Grandpa Ray from Jeff Ulatoski................... 150 Grandpa Tom from Kevin & Annie Sjodahl .. 150 Carol Kimberling from Bob & Marie Smochko .** Owen Saupe from Rebecca Saupe ................. ** Fred Baker from Mary Ellen Baker ............... 100 Doris Cink & Charles Glass from Vern & Tracy Cink.......................................................... ** Sandy English from Jeff English ................... 100 Our Parents from Don & Bonni Reid ........... 100 Ray & Stella Gatlin and Henry & Lynne Corrigan from Harold, Gena & Wayne Gatlin ........... ** Karen Elsnab, Tom Elsnab & Chuck Volonte from Jon & Linda Elsnab .......................... 150 Gene O’Brien from the Wednesday Tennis Gals .** Ruth De Freece from Joe & Janice Biggs ......... ** Maurice S. Smith from Carol Smith ............. 100 Eleanor Gibson from Lori & Rick Schussel ... 250 Mr. & Mrs. Frank W. Morgan, Sr. from Mr. & Mrs. Frank W. Morgan, Jr. ......................... ** Michael Dolan ............................................. ** Tom & Karen Elsnab from Nancy T. Elsnab.... ** As a Gift for Ross & Sheri Kapp from Jim & Diane Brittain . ** Aileen Kapp from Jim & Diane Brittain .......... ** Dave & Kris Snyder from Jim & Diane Brittain ** Jim & Diane Brittain from Ross & Sheri Kapp . ** Aileen Kapp from Ross & Sheri Kapp ............. ** Dave & Kris Snyder from Ross & Sheri Kapp... ** Dan & Lou Lincoln from Kevin & Barbara Brooks ...................................................... ** Jeri Steiger from Dave & Kris Snyder .............. ** Aileen Kapp from Dave & Kris Snyder ............ ** Jim & Diane Brittain from Dave & Kris Snyder ** Ross & Sheri Kapp from Dave & Kris Snyder... ** Margery Wagner from Terry & Al Exner .......... ** Alexander Xie from Shibin Xie and Lan Du ..... 50 **The asterisk designates that the donor did not want to publish the amount of the gift.

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Aloha hoops The Amador Valley High School boys varsity basketball team played in the Merv Lopes Hoops Classic in Oahu, Hawaii, Dec. 26-Jan. 1, and came in third out of 16. They also remembered to bring along their hometown reading. The Dons returned home to open EBAL play at De La Salle on Jan. 3, which they lost, 66-28. Nick Ruotolo and Zac Liu scored 10 points for the Dons, then Ruotolo tied the game with a four-point play halfway through the first quarter before De La Salle began to prevail.

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Despite the cold outdoor venue at Golden West College, the Pleasanton Seahawks placed second overall out of 10 teams in the large team division at the Winter Sectionals in Huntington Beach from Dec. 16-20.

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Jan. 6 ■ Boys Basketball: 7 p.m., AVHS vs. Granada , away ■ Boys Basketball: 7 p.m., Foothill vs. San Ramon, away ■ Girls Basketball: 7 p.m., AVHS vs. Granada, home

Jan. 7 ■ Wrestling: 9 a.m., Foothill at Granada Tournament, away ■ Boys Soccer: 1 p.m., AVHS vs. Newark, away

Jan. 10 ■ Boys Basketball: 7 p.m., AVHS vs. Monte Vista, home ■ Boys Basketball: 7 p.m., Foothill vs. Livermore, home ■ Girls Basketball: 7 p.m., AVHS vs. Monte Vista, away ■ Girls Soccer: 6 p.m., Foothill vs. California, home ■ Girls Soccer: 6 p.m., AVHS vs. San Ramon, home ■ Boys Soccer: 6 p.m., Foothill vs. California, away ■ Boys Soccer: 6 p.m., AVHS vs. San Ramon, away

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Soccer: 6 p.m., Foothill vs. Carondelet, away ■ Girls Soccer: 6 p.m., AVHS vs. Livermore. away ■ Boys Soccer: 6 p.m., Foothill vs. De La Salle, home ■ Boys Soccer: 6 p.m., AVHS vs. Livermore, home ■ Wrestling: 6 p.m., AVHS vs. Granada, away

From the Senior Elite group: Celina Li was High Point Winner, Allison Brown was 2nd High Point Winner, and Marissa Brown was 5th High Point Winner. In addition, Celina set one Sectional Record (400 IM) and one Pacific Swimming 15-16 Record (100 fly). From the Senior group: New Team Record — Jason Chen 15-16 boys 100 Back (51.11); PLS Top Ten Swims — Katie Woods 13-14 girls 50/100/500 free, 100 fly; Moriah Simonds 13-14 girls 50/100/200/500/1000/1650 free; Cayla Jetter 15-16 girls 100 backstroke; Tony Shen 15-16 boys 100/200/500 free; Jason Chen 15-16 boys 50/100/200 free, 100/200 back, 200 IM; Maxime Rooney 13-14 boys 100/200/500/1000/1650 free, 100/200 fly; Maxime had six swims that are No. 1 nationally: 100/200/500/1000/1650 free, and 100 fly; Hannah Bergh had 100% Lifetime Best swims; and Kevin McLaughlin swam very well.

Jan. 13 ■ Boys Basketball: 7 p.m., AVHS vs. San Ramon Valley, home ■ Boys Basketball: 7 p.m., Foothill vs. California, home ■ Girls Basketball: 7 p.m., AVHS vs. San Ramon Valley, away

Jan. 14 ■ Wrestling: 9:30 a.m., Foothill at Clayton Valley Torunament, away

Jan. 17 ■ Boys Basketball: 7 p.m., AVHS vs. California, home ■ Boys Basketball: 7 p.m., Foothill vs. Monte Vista, away ■ Girls Basketball: 7 p.m., AVHS vs. California, away ■ Girls Soccer: 6 p.m., Foothill vs. AVHS, away ■ Boys Soccer: 6 p.m., Foothill vs. AVHS, home

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SPORTS DIGEST Amador ties Monte Vista in opening EBAL soccer The 0-2 Amador Dons soccer team came into their match against the Monte Vista Mustangs in the East Bay Athletic League opener Tuesday knowing a loss would put a serious dent in any hopes to go all the way this season but were unable to get into a much needed offensive flow. At halftime, the Dons were down with a 1-0 score. In the second half the Dons passing game began to click and there was

an offensive flow as the ball was being passed with precision and pressure on the Monte Vista defense increased. Jason Chow took a pass from Dane Shaffar down the left flank, then into the Mustang box and toward the goal. The Monte Vista defender took the ball away from Chow with a hard challenge but the ball ended up 29 yards from the Mustang goal. Defender Tyler Pangia read the clear all the way and was first to the ball. Pangia sent a rocket that ate up the back of the net and brought the crowd at the Fabled Amador Pitch to their feet as the Dons tied the match at 1-1. Play intensified for both sides but neither team was able to net the elusive game winner and the final whistle blew

with the match tied at 1-1. With the tie the Dons are now 0-2-1 in league and 7-4-1 overall.

Tri-Valley Futsal registration opens The Tri-Valley Futsal season will start Feb. 25 and will end in late April, typically one day a week with no games during spring break. Find more information at www.trivalleyunited.com. Cost is $90 per player, $720 per team. Gym locations are in Dublin for the five-a-side indoor soccer play. Tri-Valley United has a Super Juniors program for training U6 and U7 soccer players.

San Ramon ER

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PET OF THE WEEK Charming Holly Meet Holly, a charming lady looking for love. Before she came to Valley Humane Society, she was alone in this big world with nowhere to go. Its workers rescued her TRINA CORT in early December and have helped to make her very happy but now it is time Holly finds her forever home. At only a year old, she is spirited and intelligent and greets every person she meets in hopes that she will become their canine companion. To learn more, call 426-8656 or visit www.valleyhumane.org. Valley Humane Society is located at 3670 Nevada St. in Pleasanton and is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Pleasanton WeeklyÊUÊJanuary 6, 2012ÊU Page 19


Real Estate

OPEN HOME GUIDE AND REAL ESTATE LISTINGS

Home sales down, but getting better #1 Real Estate Team in the Tri-Valley

BY JEB BING

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Pending home sales in California fell in November but were up from the previous year for the seventh consecutive month. Additionally, the California Association of Realtors reported that distressed home sales dropped in November from both the previous month and year.

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Pending home sales California pending home sales fell 9.1% in November but were up from a year ago, according to CARâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pending Home Sales Index. The index was 109.8 in November, based on contracts signed in that month, down from Octoberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s index of a revised 120.9. However, the index was up 11% from November 2010, marking the seventh consecutive month that pending sales rose from the previous year. Pending home sales are forward-looking indicators of future home sales activity, providing information on the future direction of the market.

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Happy New Year!! 603 Blossom Ct, Pleasanton

SOLD!

4 bedrooms, 4 baths, approx 5000+ sqft, bonus room, separate ofďŹ ce and spa room - premium location! Large and ďŹ&#x201A;at 31,060 sqft lot.

5047 Forest Hill Dr, Pleasanton Forest Hill Estates â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Built in 1996 Beautiful single story home featuring 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, approx 2,547 sqft. New interior paint, new carpet, hardwood ďŹ&#x201A;oors, marble entry, remodeled master bath. Excellent Westside location with 3 car garage. Large approx. 9889 sqft. ďŹ&#x201A;at lot. Walk to schools, parks and shopping. SOLD at $830,000

Professionals to offer advice to avoid foreclosures Two â&#x20AC;&#x153;home buyersâ&#x20AC;? workshops that are designed to help individuals trying to sell or wanting to buy home without any down payment or closing costs have been scheduled tomorrow at Keller Williams Realty, 5994 W. Las Positas Blvd. in Pleasanton. The workshops, which are being sponsored by the Solance Realty Group, are free and aimed at offering professional guidance for both homeowners and potential buyers. According to Real Estate Consultant Christine Jeffers, the workshops â&#x20AC;&#x153;will also be of

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tremendous help to those homeowners who are particularly at risk of losing their home and need to sell their homes.â&#x20AC;? The workshops will be seeking to address two separate needs. The morning session, scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon, will address the specific needs of â&#x20AC;&#x153;home buyers,â&#x20AC;? while the 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. workshop will focus on home owners who need to sell their homes, Jeffers said. For more information, contact Jeffers at 322-4300 or sign onto the Solance website at http://SolanceTeam.com/. N

OPEN HOMES THIS WEEKEND

Alamo

Pleasanton

6 BEDROOMS 1311 Laverock Lane $2,799,000 Sun 1-4 Michael Hatfield Broker 984-1339

Blackhawk 3 BEDROOMS 306 Live Oak Drive Sun 1-4:30 Alain Pinel Realtors

$879,000 314-1111

4 BEDROOMS

SOLD!

Distressed housing market data At 55.1%, equity sales made up more than half of home sales in November, up from 53.9% in October and 54.4% in November 2010. â&#x2013;  The total share of all distressed property types sold statewide fell to 44.9% in November, down from Octoberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 46.1% and 45.6% in November 2010. â&#x2013;  Of the distressed properties sold statewide in November, 21% were short sales, up slightly from the previous monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s share of 20.7% and up from last Novemberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s share of 19%. At 23.5%, the share of REO sales was down from Octoberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 24.9%, and down from the 26.2% reported in November 2010. N â&#x2013; 

Workshops tomorrow to help home sellers, buyers

SOLD at $1,375,000

SOLD!

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The strong year-over-year growth in pending sales observed in the last several months suggests we should see an increase in Decemberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closed sales over the same month last year,â&#x20AC;? said CAR President LeFrancis Arnold.

69 White Pine Lane Sun 1:30-4 Keller Williams Realty

$1,450,000 855-8333

Danville 5 BEDROOMS 755 El Pintado Rd Sun 2-4 Alain Pinel Realtors

$1,875,000 314-1111

Livermore 4 BEDROOMS 140 Lee Ave Sun 1-4 J. Rockcliff Realtors

$479,900 583-2175

5 BEDROOMS 2459 French Oak Place Sun 2-4 Alain Pinel Realtors

$860,000 398-6706

1097 Lexington Wy Sat/Sun 1-4 Keller Williams Realty

$819,000 577-5787

3 BEDROOMS 5744 San Carlos Way Sat/Sun 1-4 Prudential Ca Realty 2751 Labecca Court Sun 1-4 Keller Williams Tri-valley

$780,000 249-1600 $610,000 397-4200

4 BEDROOMS 3038 Bersano Ct $1,399,000 Sun 1-4 Keller Williams Tri-valley 397-4200 2913 Amoroso Ct $1,090,000 Sun 1-3 Keller Williams Tri-valley 463-0436 4493 Holland Dr $559,950 Sun 1-4 Keller Williams Tri-valley 463-0436 7114 Corte Balboa $769,950 Sun 1-4 Prudential CA Realty 989-7639 5 BEDROOMS 1108 Crellin Rd $895,000 Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 998-4311 2248 Kamp Ct $1,149,000 Sun 2-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 846-6500 430 Adams Wy $839,000 Sun 1-4 Allied Brokers Real Estate 846-3755

San Ramon 3 BEDROOMS 71 Carousel Pl Sun 1-4 J. Rockcliff Realtors Inc

$499,900 855-4000

4 BEDROOMS 812 Barnwood Dr Sun 1:30-4 J. Rockcliff Realtors Inc.

$619,900 648-5300

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REAL ESTATE

HOME SALES This week’s data represents homes sold during December 2011

Dublin 6627 Adare Lane Dublin Tralee to W. Tang for $365,000 4220 Clarinbridge Circle N. Challa to Tip Fund for $285,000 3478 Cydonia Court KB Home to N. & G. Fong for $770,000 5501 De Marcus Boulevard #235 C. Kung to G. Kung for $330,000 4691 Finch Way D. Suassuna to L. Parampath for $668,000 3661 Finnian Way P. & M. Tweed to S. Mckiernan for $350,000 5291 Gilford Court A. Bahou to J. Chen for $490,000 7300 Ione Court Masterpole Trust to J. Ha for $387,000 3251 Monaghan Street R. Duque to M. Full for $350,000 4829 Perugia Street Sorrento at Dublin Ranch to C. & D. White for $434,500 4643 Rimini Court #65 Sorrento at Dublin Ranch to K. Godavarthi for $600,000 7599 Silvertree Lane Wells Fargo Bank to M. & L. Miller for $239,000

Livermore 2755 1st Street #1504 A. Petersen to W. Roux for $265,000 6338 Altamar Circle D. Rudish to D. To for $375,000 6347 Altamar Circle R. & D. Clarin to J. & L. Cortes for $355,000 5494 Arrowhead Court J. & D. Macleod to J. Sanchez for $440,000 6351 Bluebonnet Common R. & T. Willson to K. Holliday for $420,000 2021 Buckskin Road US Bank to W. Hillmer for $312,000 2363 Chateau Way Manis Trust to T. & G. Reynolds for $525,000 2431 Covey Way T. & C. Sosine to M. Witherspoon for $970,000

1018 Cromwell Street Z. Li to J. & C. Hollingsworth for $412,000 2181 Fernbrook Common J. & A. Antony to N. Ong for $340,000 4019 Guilford Avenue J. & M. Kordas to D. Chung for $565,000 488 Jensen Street Federal National Mortgage to D. Clark for $215,000 1803 Keeler Street J. & G. Cruz to S. Kwan for $650,000 1847 Keeler Street P. & S. Seymon to K. Koenen for $630,000 4847 Maureen Circle Department of Housing to H. Haley for $448,000 1991 Meadow Glen Drive Wells Fargo Bank to L. Pelz for $669,500 1229 Murdell Lane Silva Trust to A. & D. Silva for $240,000 1354 North P Street B. Hackwell to S. & J. Castronovo for $338,000 148 Prato Way P. & G. Brennan to G. & M. Mcclellan for $750,000 1080 Via Madrid V. & A. Sanchez to E. Mclaren for $296,000 3152 Churchill Downs Lane Miller Trust to J. Grigoropoulos for $1,175,000 2413 Decker Lane Long Beach Mortgage to Rod Properties for $532,000 3814 Harvard Way Bank of America to Pecas Limited for $220,000 996 Logan Street A. Garruto to P. Mendiola for $276,000 1172 Marigold Road S. Eads to T. & K. Hoffmann for $330,000 5625 Mt. Hamilton Court C. Middlekauff to K. & P. Parker for $450,000 4623 Nicol Common #107 D. Villarreal to R. Lanzone for $170,000 1038 Roxanne Street Deutsche Bank to D. Oliver for $408,000 682 Stetson Court T. & B. Shingler to M. Lee for $460,000 2153 Walnut Street Federal National Mortgage to R. Kelly for $180,000

Pleasanton 5636 Belleza Drive M. Lim to C. Ralph for $330,000 6028 Big Bend Court K. & B. Sasinski to B. Lin for $475,000 4340 Campinia Place A. Groves to K. Young for $1,050,000 6974 Corte Mercado K. & C. Dong to N. Meiyyappan for $658,000 4338 Denker Drive Tri-Valley Golden Investments to K. & T. Lee for $486,500 2305 Foothill Road #2 US Bank to Y. Geng for $169,000 3228 Glenda Court J. & L. Vanderlip to J. & E. Genberg for $775,000 3451 Gravina Place J. Mcmanus to D. Shiffman for $1,142,500 2755 Huff Drive M. & D. Amato to P. & P. Tyagi for $850,000 3159 Lansdown Court M. Higgins to L. Nguyen for $520,000 4485 Linda Way J. & L. Armstrong to PGC Partnership for $575,000 4212 Tamur Court M. Pederson to Tracy Trust for $502,000

San Ramon 2380 Baker Way Belmont Tool to S. Ayyappan for $710,000

409 Bridle Court J. Perez to S. & M. Reynoso for $1,300,000 7205 Briza Loop M. & Z. Latifi to N. Arumugam for $540,000 7265 Briza Loop Oliva Trust to F. Cheng for $435,000 2769 Canyon Creek Drive G. & R. Vetter to J. & N. Bunker for $590,000 2404 Cuenca Drive L. & J. Lussing to C. Chatterjee for $545,000 9727 Davona Drive Wells Fargo Bank to C. Soebroto for $473,000 5128 East Lakeshore Drive L. Mangal to J. Mokkapati for $610,500 729 Galemeadow Circle Integrity Investment Group to V. & A. Dwivedi for $505,000 705 Jadecrest Court A. Evans to G. & S. Thomas for $960,000 2114 Joree Lane S. & C. Mackey to P. Lin for $322,000 6225 Lakeview Circle Harborview Mortgage to N. Brazeau for $482,000 101 Laredo Court G. & C. Parikh to C. & S. Yenchik for $608,000 2455 Milford Drive P. Gamboa to G. Pon for $540,000 300 Nicholas Court B. & R. Snyder to M. Rom for $735,000 215 Weymouth Court Bank of America to A. Zlotnikov for $474,000

SALES AT A GLANCE Dublin (Nov. 29 - Dec. 5)

Pleasanton (Nov. 29 - Dec. 5)

Total sales reported: 12 Lowest sale reported: $239,000 Highest sale reported: $770,000 Average sales reported: $439,042

Total sales reported: 12 Lowest sale reported: $169,000 Highest sale reported: $1,142,500 Average sales reported: $627,750

Livermore (Nov. 29 - Dec. 5)

San Ramon (Dec. 11 - Dec. 21)

Total sales reported: 10 Lowest sale reported: $170,000 Highest sale reported: $1,175,000 Average sales reported: $420,100

Total sales reported: 16 Lowest sale reported: $322,000 Highest sale reported: $1,300,000 Average sales reported: $614,344 Source: California REsource

925.846.6500

www.blaiselofland.com Blofland@BlaiseLofland.com DRE# 00882113

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OAK MANOR

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3891 PICARD AVENUE, PLEASANTON

Wow! Better than new because it is done & ready! Extensively designer remodeled, single level, plus upstairs bonus room/au pair/guest quarters! Premium corner .34 acre lot! Four bedrooms plus bonus, four bathrooms, 3588 square feet. Completely remodeled gourmet kitchen with new granite slab countertops, designer backsplash & new stainless appliances. Remodeled bathrooms with granite slab countertops, custom marble flooring & surround. New interior & exterior paint, new carpet, new Travertine flooring! Vaulted ceilings, plantation shutters, crown molding, new door hardware & light fixtures! Security alarm system & intercom! Finished three car garage! Tile roof. Professionally recently upgraded landscaped grounds with spacious lawn area & patios. Award winning Pleasanton schools! Walk to neighborhood parks! OFFERED AT $1,269,000

DOWNTOWN

SOLD

335 DEL SOL AVENUE, PLEASANTON Location, location, location. Desirable downtown quiet court location! Beautiful upgraded home, 5 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms with 2350 square feet. Remodeled kitchen with granite slab countertops, custom backsplash and stainless appliances. Newer upgraded hardwood flooring, plantation shutters, dual pane windows, newer brushed nickel hardware and fixtures. Lots of upgrades including 30 year roof. Elevated lot with private secluded tranquil grounds includes TimberTech deck, mature trees. Walk around the corner at Neal and in one minute you are at the Farmers Market and can also enjoy all the other downtown amenities! Award winning schools! SOLD FOR $830,000

SOLD

2248 KAMP COURT, PLEASANTON

819 OAK MANOR COURT, PLEASANTON

5809 STONECLIFF VISTA LN, PLEASANTON

Premium private large (12,691 sq ft) lot in excellent court location with in-ground pool & spa! Highly upgraded five bedrooms, three bathrooms. Approximately 3,369 square feet. Completely remodeled kitchen with granite slab countertops, custom cabinets & stainless steel appliances. Remodeled master bathroom with new granite & tile. Three car garage. Professionally landscaped private rear grounds with in-ground pool, spacious deck and large lawn area. Just a few minutes to downtown. Just around the corner from Nielsen Park. Award winning schools! OFFERED AT $1,149,000

As soon as you enter you will be impressed with the unique elegance. Gorgeous custom home on private .62 acre lot. Approximately 4,541 square feet, four bedrooms (two master suites) plus office/wine room and bonus loft area and 5.5 bathrooms. Quality, high end equipment and finishes throughout. Gourmet kitchen with granite slab counters and stainless steel appliances. Hardwood floors. Oversized four car garage. Beautifully landscaped Tahoe-like grounds with mature trees. Two minutes to Castlewood Country Club. OFFERED AT $1,565,000

Newer beautiful home built in 2004. Great location, backs to open space with views of Mount Diablo, Pleasanton Ridge & surrounding open space! Three bedrooms plus loft/office, two & a half bathrooms, 2401 square feet. Custom tile flooring. Gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, stainless appliances. Spacious master suite. Oversized two car garage. Beautiful landscaping. Walk to new sports park & award winning Hearst Elementary, Pleasanton Middle School, Oak Hill Shopping Center & Main Street! Convenient to Callippe Golf Course & Castlewood Country Club. SOLD FOR $810,000

KOTTINGER RANCH SOLD — REPRESENTED BUYER

1348 HEARST DRIVE, PLEASANTON

Excellent location!!! Panoramic views of surrounding hills. Backs to open space, no rear neighbors. Great condition, move in ready! Five bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 3300 square feet. Recently updated gourmet kitchen with granite slab countertops! Spacious master suite with fireplace & large bathroom. Open living room, family room and formal dining room. French doors, hardwood flooring. Three car garage. Beautiful, professionally landscaped grounds include, in-ground pool, spacious deck, gazebo, large lawn areas and 135 wine producing grape vines, private vineyard! Community amenities include tennis courts & pool! Walking distance to Main Street and downtown! Award winning Pleasanton schools!! SOLD FOR $1,400,000

FOOTHILL KNOLLS SOLD

LAGUNA OAKS SOLD

7863 FOOTHILL KNOLLS, PLEASANTON

2505 ARLOTTA PLACE, PLEASANTON

Beautiful single story on private premium .35 acre lot. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, approximately 2,150 sf. Completely remodeled kitchen with granite slab countertops, custom backsplash, custom cabinetry and high end European appliances. Hardwood flooring, French doors, vaulted ceilings, newer windows, newer tile roof. Master suite includes custom built-in closet/ dresser area, French doors to rear grounds, private bathroom with dual sinks. Very private professionally landscaped rear grounds, with no rear neighbors. Recently re-plastered and tiled pool/spa with new equipment. Built-in kitchen/ BBQ island with refrigerator. Mature trees, patios and lawn areas. OFFERED AT AND SOLD FOR $949,000

Best location in Laguna Oaks! Desirable Newport model on premium .40 acre lot. Quiet premium court location. Four bedrooms, bonus room, plus formal office. Private guest/in law/au pair quarters (4th). Three and a half bathrooms. Approximately 3,830 square feet. Large gourmet kitchen, granite countertops, custom backsplash, tile flooring and large eating area. Spacious master suite with views of Pleasanton Ridge, and large walk in closet. Beautifully landscaped rear yard with ultimate privacy. Expansive lawn areas (pool site). A short walk to the community pool, park, and tennis courts. SOLD FOR $1,300,000

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PLEASANTON $2,049,000 Beautiful Craftsman style quality custom home in Ruby Hill. Rich hardwood floors, 5bd w/ private baths, game room, office, gourmet kitchen w/commercial grade appliances, stunning views of Mt. Diablo. 3720 RABOLI STREET

PLEASANTON $1,799,000 Absolutely stunning custom home features 5bd + bonus room + office on over an acre backing to open space. Recently remodeled kitchen, situated on quiet cul-de-sac. Perfect for entertaining! 8008 ROCKFORD PLACE

DANVILLE $1,650,000 4bd/3.5ba, 3800+/-sf on 5.18+/- acres. Formal living & dining rooms, bonus room and large kitchen. Back yard with pool, spa & gazebo. Abundant room for horses or vines. Private gated entrance. 6650 JOHNSTON RD

PLEASANTON $1,325,000 Custom built, single level home on 1+/- acre. Open floor plan, updated kitchen, dinette area, breakfast bar, granite counters, formal LR & DR, pool, 2 patios, volleyball court and more! 3623 CAMERON AVE

PLEASANTON $1,079,000 Charming 4bd/3.5ba, 3,283+/-sf home situated on .50+/-acre cul-de-sac lot. Features granite kitchen, pool, 4 car garage and more. 4184 CREEKWOOD CT

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PLEASANTON $895,000 Stunning hardwood floors & vaulted ceilings. Kitchen has slab granite & lrg brkfst nook. Master with fireplace & fabulous views. Gorgeous pool & spa. 5th bdrm is an office, 4th bdrm is media room. 1108 CRELLIN ROAD

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LIVERMORE $860,000 5 bd, 4 ba, cul-de-sac location backing to greenbelt. Kitchen w/tile floors/counters, Sub-Zero refrigerator, large island, family room w/built-in shelving, 2 car garage, side yard access, LOW HOA’s! 2459 FRENCH OAK PLACE

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PLEASANTON $849,000 Walk to Award Winning Schools, downtown Pleasanton and shops, from this 4 bedroom. 2,5 bathroom home. Built in 2003 by KB homes, this home is just under 2900 square feet, and in great condition. 6023 STERLING GREEN CIRCLE

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PLEASANTON $799,000 Model sharp home featuring 3bd + loft, downstairs luxurious master suite, sunny granite & maple kitchen, premium location across from open space with private lot and more! 5703 ATHENOUR CT

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LIVERMORE $739,950 Absolutely beautiful. Upgraded 5bd/4ba home,3270+/-sf, granite slab counters, s/s appliances, tile flooring, new carpet,built-in cabinets. A must see! 2235 ROBINSON CIR

Alain Pinel Realtors not only continues to lead the Bay Area in home sales, but we also rank as the #1 Largest, Privately-Owned Residential Real Estate Firm in California – and #2 Largest in the United States. In a day when real estate firms proliferate, merge, morph and disappear, APR thrives. Source: 2011 REAL Trends Top 500 survey, ranked by Closed Sales Volume in 2010

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640 Varese Court, Ruby Hill This beautiful 5665 sq ft. French Country home offers 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, bonus room, gourmet chef ’s appointed kitchen, and golf course lot & views. The pool, spa and barbecue island enhance your living and entertaining experience. Offered at $1,950,000

7795 Cedar Mountain Drive, Livermore This gorgeous 16.2 acre Tuscan vineyard estate features a 6,671 sq. ft. home with 7 BR, plus in-law apartment, and 7 BA, plus a beautifully landscaped backyard with a pool, Jacuzzi and waterfall. Includes 14.2 acres of income-producing vineyards. Offered at $3,950,000

Fran & Dave Cunningham

Fran & Dave Cunningham

925.202.6898

925.202.6898

DRE # 01226296 & 00930892

DRE # 01226296 & 00930892

Donna Garrison

Donna Garrison

925.980.0273

925.980.0273

DRE # 01735040

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Susan Schall www.FabulousProperties.net www.RubyHill.net Open Sun 1-3

925.519.8226 DRE # 01713497

First Time Open Sun 1-4

Don’t Wait Until Spring… to buy, when you can have the perfect home in Pleasanton right now! Stunning custom home in Vintage Heights home with gourmet granite slab kitchen, high end stainless steel appliances & rich cabinetry. Over 3200 sq ft, 4 bedrooms & a 3 car garage.

Family with Swimsuits…will love the sparkling pool with this 4 bdrm, 2 bath, 1800+ sq ft home. Don’t miss this spacious one level floor plan. Beautiful pavered driveway, new paint and dual pane windows.

Priced at $559,950

Susan Schall www.FabulousProperties.net www.RubyHill.net

925.519.8226 DRE # 01713497

PENDING

1405 Calle Enrique, Pleasanton 3 bed/2 bath Patio Villa Walking distance to Downtown 2 bedrooms on main level Listed at $369,000

Danielle Peel & Cristin Kiper Sanchez REALTOR® Associates DRE #01293873 & #01479197

925.998.9692 homes@peelsanchez.com www.peelsanchez.com

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1320 Bordeaux Street, Pleasanton Absolutely gorgeous 4 BR, 3.5 BA home was completely rebuilt in 2005. With generously sized rooms and living areas, the 3825 +/sq. ft. residence sits on an expansive 19291+/- sq. ft. lot featuring a private, oasis style backyard with pool and built-in BBQ. Offered at $1,190,000

Priced at $1,090,000

925.463.0436 www.SoldinaFlash.com

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2600 Ridgewood Rd, Westside Alamo Spacious 4 bed/2.5 bath Main House with Separate 6-car garage with rec. room and apartment Sold for $1,006,000

1097 Lexington Way, Livermore Beautiful single story 5 bedroom, 3 bath home in popular Kristopher Ranch. Wonderful floor plan. Backyard is an entertainer’s delight complete with pool/waterfall/spa and outdoor BBQ. Offered at $819,000

DeAnna Armario

Gail Boal

REALTOR® DRE # 01363180 925.260.2220 www.armariohomes.com

REALTOR®DRE # 01276455 925.577.5787 www.gailboal.com

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1641 Vetta Dr, Livermore Outstanding 5 bed (6 potential) & 4.5 ba home w/ 3500+ sq ft. 1 bed/ba downstairs. Upgrades throughout including $27k in solar (no PG&E), new carpet, crown molding, maple cabinets, plantation shutters & great yard for entertaining. Offered at $914,900

Cindy and Gene Williams REALTORS® DRE # 01370076 and 00607511 925.918.2045 www.williamsteam.net

3741 Newton Way, Pleasanton Fabulous home with all the amenities!! Hardwood floors, Granite kitchen, french doors, aupair suite, bonus room, Large flat professionally landscaped yard with portico and play area. Walk to school. $1,290,000

Melissa Pederson REALTOR® DRE # 01002251 925.397.4326 www.melissapederson.com

6917 Sunnyslope Ave., Castro Valley Fabulous Views & Beautiful Home If you’re looking for fabulous views and a beautiful home- this is it! Completely remodeled 3 bedroom, 2 bath ranch home with granite counters and travertine tile in the baths. 1.51 +/- acres includes additional buildable lot with sale! Open floor plan & plenty of light. End of the road private location. Offered at $698,950

Natalie Kruger REALTOR® DRE # 01187582 925.847.7355 www.krugergroup.com

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